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Discuss the Food Security Bill, women’s safety issues at a mock parliamentary session for the youth

lifestyle Updated: Sep 17, 2013 19:32 IST
Sneha Mahale

With the Lok Sabha elections scheduled to take place in 2014, there has been a lot of talk of getting young voters to cast their ballot next year. In an attempt to make the youth more aware of policy-making, Rotaract District 3140 is organising a Model Indian Parliamentary Session (MIPS) on October 2 at the Welingkar Institute of Management. Open to anyone in the age group of 18-25, the session simulates the working of a session of the Indian Parliament. Participants will be divided into parties, and they will be required to do everything a Members of Parliament (MP) takes part in — passing bills, staging walkouts and raising concerns during the Question Hour.

“The response to the event has been good. We are already receiving calls from young professionals looking to participate,” says Manish Solanki, district Rotaract representative. As part of this year’s session, the mock Parliament will be debating the Food Security Bill, amendments to The Competition Act as well as issues relating to corruption and women’s safety.

“We pick bills that generate opinion. All these issues are also timely,” adds Solanki. To ensure that the participants know what to expect, a mentoring session will be conducted on September 22 at PES Law College, Prabhadevi. Here, moderators will guide and train the entrants on what to expect during the session. The 100-odd participants will also take on the roles of the MPs representing all major political parties. Some will go on to form a part of the ruling coalition while others will make up the opposition. The ruling party will have a Prime Minister while the opposition will have a leader as well. “The aim of MIPS is to give the youth an opportunity to experience what a day in Lok Sabha entails,” says Solanki.

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To register for MIPS, log on to www.rotaract3140.org